My 17 week old baby nurses on demand (usually 8-10 times per day) and has always been a great communicator. We practice attachment parenting, so he is often on my lap while I eat. For the last couple weeks he has been following each bite I take with his eyes and reaching out to my plate. Twice now (despite me being very careful) he has gotten some hummus on his hand and quickly into his mouth. Each time he has done this, I quickly wipe off his hand, and push my plate further away. He then lunges toward my plate and makes his noise for hunger. (Rooting head, smacking lips, and "nyaa-NYAA").
Of course I promptly nurse him then. But I wonder if I should listen and give him a few bites of plain avocado or sweet potato.
The other thing is I can tell that he is going through a HUGE growth spurt right now and is often still not quite satisfied after nursing. I've started to retake fenugreek and goats rue to help my supply and I'm drinking lots of water/nettle tea.
I feel conflicted and confused.
I worked very hard in the first two weeks to get my milk supply up. Baby did loose too much weight (we supplemented with donor breast milk until we finally got him to latch on well at 3 weeks) and since then I've been constantly concerned about him not getting enough food. He is growing well (although not as chubby as some babies).